Increased safety measures installed at Rolleston level crossing

30 March 2012 2:02PM

Additional safety measures in the form of flashing bells and alarms were installed at the Walkers Road level crossing in Rolleston this week.

Additional safety measures in the form of flashing bells and alarms were installed at the Walkers Road level crossing in Rolleston this week.

“It is hoped the new measures will improve safety at the site,” says Kiwirail Infrastructure and Engineering General Manager Rick van Barneveld.

“The Walkers Road crossing had non-injury collisions in July 2000 and March 2010 and the level of traffic using the crossing has increased since 2005 following the establishment of a youth justice centre nearby.”

“The increased level of traffic meant that the crossing moved up our upgrade priority list. It is the ninth crossing upgrade completed this financial year.”

“There have been around 50 road and pedestrian level crossing collisions in the Canterbury region over the last ten years – just over 20 percent of the national total, which needs to be reduced.”

"While we hope the new safety measures will prevent collisions at the site we still urge drivers and pedestrians to ensure intersections are clear before crossing.”

“Reports from our train drivers show that there have been over 150 near collisions in the past 12 months, with around 78 percent of those events occurring at crossings protected by automatic alarms.“

“While we work hard to install physical warning measures such as barrier arms, flashing lights and bells we also need drivers and pedestrians to remember that trains have the right of way at crossings, they are heavy, fast and they do not stop or swerve.”

Notes to reporters:

There are 1360 public road level crossings in NZ. 277(20%) of these are protected by barrier arms plus flashing lights and bells. 425 (31%) are protected by flashing lights and bells. The remaining 49% are protected by signs and road markings.

Issued by KiwiRail
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